Information on this page can assist you in supporting faculty and instructors with copyright questions they may have related to teaching, particularly preparing and distributing course materials.

Requirements and Responsibilities

Faculty and instructors who teach at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) are expected to provide course materials to students in compliance with copyright law, the university’s copyright guidelines and licence agreements into which the university has entered (e.g., library licence agreements).

As part of the university’s commitment to copyright compliance, faculty are asked annually to acknowledge their responsibilities in this area as outlined in the Use of Materials Protected by Copyright policy. The Faculty Statement of Copyright Compliance is an annual digital sign-off to promote awareness of the policy and produce evidence of the university’s compliance process. The Statement is sent out via e-mail with the subject “Copyright Compliance Acknowledgement Required”. Faculty will be asked to click on the link to respond to the Statement. They will then have to log into this site with their NSID and password and may have to type in “usask\” at the start of their NSID in order to log in successfully.

For additional instructions and a troubleshooting guide for completing the sign-off, please see our Requirements and Responsibilities page for faculty and instructors.

If you are interested in arranging a copyright presentation or session for your department/college, please contact the Copyright Coordinator. Presentations about copyright and teaching are given each fall and are advertised on our News and Events page.

Teaching and Course Materials

In general, a work can be copied to be distributed to students in a university course for educational purposes if at least one of the following is true:

  • the work being copied is in the Public Domain;
  • the copyright holder has explicitly provided you with permission or a licence to use the work;
  • the work to be copied is already covered by a licence that permits copying for educational use, such as:
  • the copying is permitted by one of the exceptions in the Copyright Act, such as the Fair Dealing exception for which USask has adopted Fair Dealing Guidelines.

For details about the different ways faculty and instructors can provide students with course materials that are protected by copyright, please see the following pages:

There is also an Instructor Frequently Asked Questions page with some additional information about providing course materials. 

Clearance and Permissions

For information about how to obtain copyright permission from a copyright owner please visit our Getting Permission from a Copyright Owner page.

If you require assistance with verifying the copyright status of material you are using or help seeking copyright clearance, contact the Copyright Coordinator or the Distance Education Unit (copyright clearance for distance education course materials). Staff will determine allowable uses and request copyright clearance as needed. Please understand that every reasonable effort will be made to acquire permission for your desired use. However, it may occasionally be necessary to find an alternate source for the material.

Note: Obtaining clearances for materials can take a long time (on average of six to eight weeks), so please submit your requests early so that the course materials will be available in time.

Getting Help

If you have any questions or concerns about copyright, please let us know!

Kate Langrell
Copyright Coordinator
122.13 Murray Library

Note: The information obtained from or through this site does not constitute legal advice, but is provided as guidelines for using works for educational purposes.

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